Every Pokemon God, Ranked

There are no beings more powerful or more important to the Pokemon mythos than the gods of the Pokémon world. These beings are responsible for all life in the Pokemon universe and maintaining the various dimensions of existence. Which makes it all the more bizarre that mere children could capture and control the beings responsible for the existence of the universe.

Though these are the most powerful beings in all of Pokemon lore there are some gods that are superior to others, be it in power or by simply being more interesting. So here’s a ranking of all the gods of the Pokemon universe.

Updated February 15th, 2021 by Ben Baker: In order to understand the true power or surprising lack thereof, it’s important to see how they are in the games. These gods responsible for creation can have powerful or lackluster stats. It’s also interesting to see that some have been around far longer than others within the games.

11 Egg

In the Pokemon mythos the first being to ever exist was born from a solitary egg that existed in a void of nothingness. The first Pokemon god, Arceus, hatched from this egg and proceeded to create all life. No explanation is given for where this egg came from or who was responsible for its creation, its likely not even Arceus knows.

It’s strange that a mythos as detailed and complex as Pokemon’s wouldn’t have an explanation for the origin of the origin of life. It is possible the creators want to keep this knowledge obscure so fans can fill the void with their own ideas. A popular fan theory is that the egg’s creator is Satoshi Tajiri who is responsible for the creation of Pokemon in the real world, which if official would make him the most powerful Pokemon god, but without that confirmation the creator of the egg ranks the lowest on the list simply because nothing is known about this anonymous god.

10 Mesprit

Mesprit was created to provide the living beings of the world with emotion. The lore explains that this Pokemon currently sleeps at the bottom of a lake, but it’s astral form explores the lake’s surface. Although Mesprit is in the second hierarchy of the gods, it ranks this low for lacking any major powers and for it’s odd appearance.

Resembling a mew with an extra tail, jewels and a pink mop on its head this psychic Pokemon looks more like a fairy than a god. Granted it is responsible for emotion, but it doesn’t make for an intimidating Pokemon.

Mesprit first appeared in Pokemon Diamond & Pearl at Level 50. It’s stats are well balanced but surprisingly on the average side. Attack, Defense, Special Attack, and Special Defense are all at 105. HP and Speed are a bit lower at 80.

9 Kyogre

Kyogre is in the lowest tier of the gods and is responsible for the oceans and can further expand them through massive rains. Resembling a whale with fingers on it’s fins, this Pokémon isn’t anything special to look at and its signature move Drizzle merely causes rain to appear on the battlefield.

It is the mascot of Pokemon Sapphire, but other than that it doesn’t possess any memorable characteristics.

Kyogre first made an appearance in Pokemon Ruby & Sapphire at Level 50. It could only be obtained in Pokemon Sapphire. It has strong stats with Special Attack at 150 and Special Defense at 140 making it a special brawler. Health and Attack are average at 100 and Defense and Speed are less than average at 90 each.

8 Groudon

Groudon is the foil of Kyogre, being ruler of the land. The lore states that it has the ability to utilize magma to evaporate water and expand its dominion and after battling Kyogre has been sleeping in underground magma recovering.

It’s easily one of the more interesting looking Pokemon on the list resembling a rocky dragon and one of the more powerful in the games. It ranks low however because it’s battle with Kyogre wore it out to the point it has been asleep ever since another god put a stop to their fighting.

Groudon first appeared in Pokemon Ruby & Sapphire it could be caught in Ruby at Level 50. Where Kyogre is a special brawler Groudon is a physical brawler. Its Attack is 150 and Defense is 140. Health and Special Attack is at 100 with Special Defense and Speed at 90.

7 Rayquaza

Resembling a flying, metallic serpent, this fierce dragon Pokemon is ruler of the air and rumored to be charged with protecting the earth from meteors. This Pokemon is also powerful, having put a stop to Groudon and Kyogre’s fighting for dominion by itself. It’s signature move Airlock can utterly remove any weather that’s occurring on the battlefield and prevents new weather patterns from happening.

The only reason it doesn’t rank higher is because those ranked above it are simply more powerful. It’s a fierce and powerful Pokemon that deserves its status as leader of the Weather Trio gods.

Rayquaza is the most powerful of the weather gods and can be caught at Level 50 in Pokemon Emerald. Stat-wise it’s a strong attacker with decent resiliency. Its Attack and Special Attack is at a whopping 150 each. Health is 105, Speed is 95, and both Defense and Special Defense are 90.

6 Azelf

Azelf was created to provide mankind with willpower, or the determination to tackle life’s obstacles and succeed. It’s for this inherit ability that it ranks so high on this list as it could be argued that every Pokemon trainer in existence has this Pokemon to thank for their success and subsequent power. It is also credited for bringing balance to the world.

Without this power over balance and determination Azelf would rank much lower. It’s a psychic Pokemon that like Mesprit resembles a Mew, but with a blue hat this time. It’s unclear how this Pokemon maintains balance, other than its existence might inspire both humanity and Pokémon to keep things in balance.

Azelf appeared first in the game Pokemon Diamond & Pearl at Level 50. Its stats make it a bit of glass cannon. Attack and Special Attack sit at 125 with Speed at 115. HP is a bit low at 75. Defense and Special Defense are low at 70 each.

5 Uxie

Uxie was created to give mankind knowledge and as a result possesses an incredible wealth of knowledge and is one of the few Pokemon gods to achieve near omniscient. Pokemon lore also suggests that this Pokemon keeps its eyes forever closed as opening them would cause any to see it to lose their memories.

Memory loss is a powerful ability in combat and possessing all knowledge makes it very powerful as it can anticipate all possible threats and how to resolve them, like how it assisted the player in Pokemon Platinum in handling Giratina. Like Mesprit and Azelf it too is a psychic type with fairy features that resembles Mew wearing a yellow helmet and two tails.

Uxie is the final Guardian and is found in Pokemon Diamond & Pearl at Level 50. Its stats make this Pokemon a bit of a weak tank. Special Defense and Defense are solid at 130 each. Unfortunately, it comes with a below average Health, Attack, and Special Attack at 75. It’s speed is alright at 95.

4 Palkia

Sitting in the top four, Palkia is the weakest member of the upper hierarchy of Pokemon Gods called the Creation Trio. Created by Arceus to control space it used this power to assist in the creation of the universe. This water dragon has the ability to create a pocket dimension it lives in and uses to travel between worlds. Lore says its very breath has the ability to stabilize and balance space.

This is a very powerful Pokemon with a mechanoid dragon-like appearance that can strike fear into enemies. The fact that it doesn’t rank higher says more about those in the top three than it does about itself.

Palkia was originally only obtained in Pokemon Pearl with a strange starting level of 47. It has really good stats overall with a powerful Special Attack of 150. Attack and Special Defense are at a respectable 120. It has an average Speed at 100 along with Defense. HP is below average at 90.

3 Dialga

With the ability to control time itself, this steel dragon deserves its number three spot. The lore states that Dialga has the ability to experience the past and the future at will and its very heart beat is what keeps time flowing forward. It’s a little frightening to think that life itself would be frozen in time if its heart were to ever stop.

In addition to this frightening connection to time itself this four legged dragon bears an intimidating figure and resides in a dimension of time that ebbs and flows according to the Pokmon’s whims.

Dialga first appeared in Pokemon Diamond and could be caught at Level 47. Its stats make it a strong Special Attack fighter thanks to a 150 Special Attack. Attack and Defense are at a solid 120. Health and Special Defense are average at 100. Strangely the god of time is a bit slow with a Speed of 90.

2 Giratina

Argueably the most powerful god of the Creation Trio, Giratina is the antithesis of Arceus, the creator of all life, which would make Giratina the closest thing the Pokemon mythos has to a devil. This ghost dragon strikes a frightening image with its six legs, bat-like wings, and insect-like mandibles on its face and throat.

Giratina was created to control antimatter, but Arceus feared it’s dark and destructive nature so much that it banished Giratina to a chaotic dimension called the Distortion World. The fact that the god of the Pokemon universe itself felt the need to personally banish this creature says enough about its power and the level of danger it poses to existence. It is said even now that Giratina is silently watching the Pokemon world, plotting.

Giratina considered the demon of the Pokemon world first appeared in Pokemon Diamond & Pearl. It could be caught at a powerful Level 70. It’s Health is really high at 150 which combined with Defense and Special Defense at 120 make it a solid tank. Surprisingly the god of antimatter has average Attack and Special Attack at 100. It has a below average Speed at 90.

1 Arceus

It’s no contest that Arceus is the most powerful Pokemon god in the mythos considering it’s responsible for not only the creation of existence itself, but the other gods as well. Resembling a four legged dear stuck in a strange wheel, this Pokemon is amusingly a normal type, though one of it’s powers is Multitype which is the ability to change its type to another.

Apart from its constructive abilities and ability to change its very type, this Pokemon singlehandedly banished Giratina to another realm of existence from which it couldn’t escape. That alone speaks volumes to Arceus’s power and easily earns its spot as the most powerful Pokemon god.

Arceus could first be obtained in Pokemon Diamond & Pearl via Nintendo events that ceased in 2010. The only way to get one legitimately is through trades so for many cheating is the only option. It appeared at Level 80. The god of creation has perfectly distributed stats with everything at 120.

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Starting with a secret copy of Warcraft II on his parent’s Windows 95, Ben has developed a lifelong obsession with video games. Drawn to darker and more horrifying games, he enjoys diving into the lore, secrets, philosophies, and complex characters found in those grim worlds. His only hope is there are other odd balls out there who are also attracted to the writhing things found in the digital void.

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